I just returned from a trip to the new adults only Riu Palace Jamaica in Montego Bay.
This hotel is only 10 minutes from the airport and is located next to the Riu Montego Bay.
The Palace is a fairly small hotel with only 238 rooms built in a U shape. I just loved
how easy it was to get around the resort. It took us 3 minutes to get from our room to any
part of the hotel.
The room was very nice with a jacuzzi tub and large balcony. We had a view of the main pool and a partial view of the ocean. Room service was in early and did a wonderful job. The mini bar
service does offer Miller Lite in case you need a break from the traditional Red Stripe beer.
The balcony looks over the main area of the hotel so they are definitely not as private as other hotels. I liked being able to see what was happening and we actually watched 2 different shows from the comfort of our balcony.
I thought the food was great. NO RESERVATIONS required for dinner. This is a huge change on the normal Riu Palace dining process and we were able to dine where and when we wanted
each evening. I thought Krystal was the best but I truly enjoyed each of them. The main buffet
is where you will eat for breakfast and lunch. The buffet offered everything and the service
was very good. The room service menu is very limited and they do have food in the Aqua (sports) Bar available 24 hours a day.
The hotel has 2 pools. One pool has a swim up bar and both have pool waiter service. The beach here is beautiful and the water was always calm and inviting. This is not a long stretch of beach that you can walk along but more of a little pocket that you can swim and snorkel in. Bring your floatable and lounge in the ocean. The water is so calm and much more refreshing then the pool water.
This hotel is pretty active at night and can be a little loud due to the size and layout. If you like small hotels that are easy to manage and a nice calm ocean this is the place for you. I have been to many Riu hotels and this one ranks right at the top for me. You do see some airplanes come by 4-5 times per day but it did not bother me a bit, I actually enjoyed seeing them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-storey hotel with a total of 238 guest rooms is located directly on the beach next to the hotel Riu Montego Bay * The vibrant city of Montego Bay is 4.5 km away * The guests of Riu Palace Jamaica may use the facilities in Riu Montego Bay, except breakfast and dinner meal * Airport Sangster International Airport Montego Bay (MBJ) 2.7 km approx. * Main building 4 floors - 238 rooms * Annexed building 3 floors - 51 rooms * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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